Christmas may be over and the march through 2017 is well and truly underway but the weather is still bitter outside so here are some winter gin and food pairings to warm your cockles.
Whether you are after a winter gin cocktail or a simple G&T we have the winter food and gin pairing to help you get the most out of your occasion.
These are our top suggestions for what gin creation goes well with your winter food.
Purl Royal with shortbread
Often referred to as the king of hot gin drinks, the purl is a spiced mulled ale and gin drink.
Making it homemade isn’t too complicated if you are patient enough. Add 150ml of NB Gin to a pan with 1l of red wine, 200ml of cloudy apple juice, 90g of demerara sugar, 5g of hops, 2 cloves, 1 dessert spoon of honey, 2 dashes of angostura bitters and 1 star of anise.
Simmer it for 20 minutes, cool and then strain.
This is the prefect cocktail to enjoy with your friends. You should get approximately 6 servings.
Finish it off with a satsuma skin and a cinnamon stick to garnish.
It is a lot of work, but it’s sure as hell worth it!
This is a divine drink to have some shortbread biscuits and after dinner savoury treats.
Cranberry & thyme G&T with dark chocolate cake
Bringing a staple summer drink with us into winter (well, why not?). Notorious for its fruity and lively taste, the cranberry and thyme compliment the gin well.
Again, creating this wintry cocktail takes time, but it’s most certainly worth it!
Before making the drink, you have to create a batch of cranberry thyme syrup. Simply add 150g of cranberries, two pinches of dried thyme, 50g of caster sugar, 100ml of water, a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract and a splash of orange juice to a small pan.
Simmer for 5 – 7 minutes.
Then allow the mixture to cool and strain the remaining syrup. YUM.
Now the gin!
Fill a glass with ice, pour in a measure of the newly created syrup and 50ml of NB Gin. Top it up with some soda water and garnish with some of the remaining fresh raspberries.
This is the perfect dessert gin to share with your friends. Have it with a slice of dark chocolate cake…or two.
NB Gin and Tonic and a mezze platter
Simple, perfect and still arguably the best way to enjoy your gin.
When it comes to gin and food pairings, you’re only limited by your imagination with the G&T but we love a mezza platter with our G&T.
There are all sorts of wonderful canapes and spreads that go wonderfully well with the iconic G&T.
The winter food that is really in right now is mezze platters and cured meats. Chorizo, salami, pepperoni, cured hams served on a platter with olives and crusty bread. Yum!
Just don’t forget the NB Gin and Tonic!